Up for sale, a 1996 Fender Precision Bass '57 vintage reissue model PB57-70US in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Upgraded with an American Vintage anodized gold pickguard and USA-made components in the wiring harness, this is a rare upscale iteration of the '57 Precision platform produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic market. Features include a PB-Vintage USA-made pickup, spiral bridge saddles, and full-size vintage-spec tuner baseplates. The quality is exceptional, and the "Crafted in Japan" instruments exemplify the attention to detail and dedication on the part of Fender Japan to offer instruments that have both an alluring vintage look and tone to match.
A resonant and lively example with an alder body and one-piece maple neck, this Fender Japan '57 Precision model has the same cosmetic appointments as its USA-made forebearers, delivering the warmth, articulation, and fundamental thump that defines the Precision tone. The bass weighs 9lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with roundwound 45-100 strings, comfortable action and solid intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .995" at the 12th. The gloss maple fretboard has slender vintage-style frets that are practically perfect with their full factory height and well-rounded crowns. Notes ring out clearly up the 34" scale, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 42.5mm in width (just fractionally shy of a full 1 11/16"). On the headstock, the vintage-style long stem clover button tuning machines with full-size baseplates turn smoothly and hold pitch well, and the face of the headstock has a classic Pre-CBS style "spaghetti" logo. The back of the headstock even has a third strap button, keeping this instrument period correct right down to the smallest detail. The "Crafted in Japan" text and N-prefix serial number is present above the four-bolt neck plate. This is one of the very first Crafted-era instruments, with the same serial prefix as the last Fujigen factory Fender Japan instruments (this bass was very likely made at Fuji as well).
The traditional electronics work as they should, with the original Fender USA pickup wired to USA-made CTS pots for the Master Volume and Tone controls. Hardware includes the upgraded anodized gold guard which has a striking contrast to the gloss Sunburst finish, providing the dual functions of excellent shielding and a small yet perceptible increase to the articulation and top end detail of the tone. A pair of upgraded domed knurled knobs and the original bridge with spiral saddles rounds out the hardware.
Cosmetic wear on the Sunburst finish includes some scattered dings on the body, largely on the back and body perimeter, with some light finish scratches central to the back and faint scuffing on the back lower bout body edge. The neck retains its smooth ambered gloss finish on the profile length.
A new Gator gigbag is included.